Dr. J.S. Samra
Fellow, Elected 1991

Born in V. Dinewal, India on 18 April 1947. Educated at Jandiala Guru School, Amritsar, 1964; Khalsa College, Amritsar, B.Sc. 1968; Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi, M.Sc. 1970, Ph.D. 1973; Post-Doctorate, Germany, 1989.

Junior Soil Chemist, IIHR, Bangalore, 1974-78; Sr. Research Officer, Forest Research Institute & Colleges, Dehradun, 1978-82; Principal Scientist, ICAR, 1982-86; Alexander von Humboldt Fellow, Germany including European Fellow at Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich, Switzerland, 1987-89; Head, CSWCRTI, Research Station, Chandigarh, 1990-94; Director, CSWCRTI, Dehradun, 1994-2000; World Bank Consultant, Watershed Specialist, Turkey, 1995; rendered 16 international and national consultancies; Agro-ecosystem Director (Hills & Mountains), NATP, 1997-2000; Deputy Director General (NRM), ICAR, New Delhi, 2000-2007; CEO in the rank of Secretary, Govt. of India, National Rainfed Area Authority (Planning Commission) of India, New Delhi, 2007-15.

Awards/Honours: Hari Om Ashram Award, 1989; ICAR Team Research Award, 1994-96 and 1997-98; Institutions of Engineers (India) Hem Prabha-S.N.Gupta Medal, 2000; Vasant Rao Naik Award, 2000.

Fellow: Alexander von Humboldt, Germany; Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich; Indian Society of Soil Science (President, 2005 & 2006); Indian Association of Soil and Water Conservationists (President, 1995-2001).

Research Areas: Natural resource management, agro-forestry, watershed management, wetlands, tree crop nutrition, capacity building, participatory watershed management, converged planning

Address: Kothi No. 262, First Floor, Sector 33A, Chandigarh 160020; [Tel: Res. (0172) 2660226, Cell: 9650620999; Email: jssamra2001@yahoo.com]

Dr. N.S. Randhawa Memorial Award, 2003-2004